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So, we are at the one week mark in our blogging challenge! Hows it going for all of you? I had a rough October work wise and decided to jump into the challenge only on 31st. Since I took the challenge even last year, I kinda know the drill of registering, sharing etc. And I think this is the best opportunity for me to finally attack the blog ideas I have been writing down for months. So with 2 prompts used last week, I am able to finally write about things I have wanted to for quite some time now.
Since this is my second time, I can’t help but compare it from the last time. So here is a bit of an update on how this challenge has been for me so far:
I am a lot more planned.
No! I don’t have the whole month figured out. But I think writing every week on my work blog on communication and soft skills has put me into a routine of planning. And even when I run my workshop on blogging for beginners, planning a few posts before beginning to write is my first tip. So I guess it’s not hard for me to figure that out for myself. And like I mentioned, I have been jotting down ideas (which is actually the first tip in my blogging classes) and couldn’t wait to dip into it and start writing.
I am not scrambling last minute.
This is one big change from last time. I remember writing my post for the challenge as the last activity of the day hurrying to make it to the 12 am deadline! Sometimes I posted and went on to edit later! But that definitely wasn’t comfortable. This time I learnt a valuable lesson from a fellow blogger I got acquainted with during the challenge. Shalini's posts for the day go out at 12am! Which means she is a day ahead in writing it rather than a day behind, like I had been. Although I still haven’t been organised enough to write the previous day, I do get the challenge post out of the way as the first task of the day. (In fact, the post for today is late due to ill-health) And I know I am able to do this because I have scaled back a bit work wise and I’m able to indulge in the joy of writing.
I have read other blogs too.
This is a bigger change for me since I have never been able to hop onto others’ blogs and read. I just never managed to find the time. I think what really helped, apart from being planned, is the blog link thread on Facebook. That really worked as a ready reckoner to read other posts. Every time I post my link, I look up a few blogs and comment/share posts. Another thing that helped is looking up the blogs of people who commented on my post. I am guessing that they landed on my blog from the thread since they are from different countries. It is great to hop over to their posts and return the favour. That covers a few more blogs. Although it is impossible to do justice to the madness that the number of blogs and new posts there are everyday, I think looking up a few every day and making friends along the way is a worthy goal to set for ourselves.
Conversations with fellow bloggers
I not only hopped on to other blogs and discovered amazing blogs, I also had conversations on Facebook around the usage of daily prompts on Facebook. It is heartening to know that most people use a mix of prompts and freewheeling in their posts.
I am planning more variety in my content.
I think of my posts in a very linear fashion. I am trying to break that thought pattern and put in more variety in the content. Maybe I should keep this under wraps and you can see it for yourself when I post :)
It’s been a great writing experience so far. And I am already gearing up for week two and planning posts. It is such a great joy to write and even more so when you challenge your own self and see it through. All the best to everyone else taking the challenge.